As proof of just how far hedge funds have penetrated into the pop culture psyche, check out the web series “Hedge Fund” at hedgefundproductions.com.
But be sure to put your head phones on first: “Hedge Fund” would definitely receive an R rating for language, thanks to the freewheeling use of profanity by the three main characters, all “executives” of fictional hedge fund manager Claude S. Dutchy LLC. The series has some of the same feel and appeal of movies in the “guy flick” genre such as “Jackass” and “Animal House.”
In the series, fired waiter Claude Thornberry decides to create a fake hedge fund with his roommates, Dutch and Skip. They're much more interested in the mansions, private jets, Lamborghinis and other trappings that come with hedge fund manager superstardom than in actually managing any money.
“When I started writing, I didn't want to know too much about hedge funds,” Chris Murray, the series' writer and director who also portrays Dutch, said in a statement on his website.
“I wanted to take the idea of one, of that now-ubiquitous financial thing, and use the limited and peripheral knowledge I had of one to try and compose a comedy ... parodying the death of the modern-day hedge fund. The idea for the series was conceived two years ago, while the economy was strong and money was flowing. Strangely enough, however, it seems as though we couldn't have had better timing. While the financial markets are deteriorating ... rather than lament our lost 301k's, (sic) we think there is no better time to laugh,” Mr. Murray wrote.